-- In the ultimate nod to audiophiles, the Shins released -- and have already sold out of -- a limited edition edition reel-to-reel version of 'Port of Morrow' that included the album on 1/4 inch track tape in a numbered box with arty postcards and other goodies. [Spinner]

-- A public memorial for late Olivia Tremor Control rocker and Elephant 6 collective co-founder Bill Dass will take place Satuday (Aug. 4) at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia. Dass recently passed away unexpectedly at the age of 43. [Pitchfork]

-- Anthony Kiedis and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers recently continued their support for jailed Russian all-girl punk band Pussy Riot by presenting letters of support to the husband of one member. Three Riot members currently are on trial in Moscow and face seven years in jail if found guilty of inciting religious hatred for performing on the altar of Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral. [Ultimate Classic Rock]

-- Live footage of the xx performing last week in Los Angeles has surfaced that seems to support producer Jamie xx's claim that their new album 'Coexist' will be more dance oriented. Check out the tune 'Swept Away.' [Spin]

-- Sigur Ros' Mystery Film Experiment series continues with the sixth entry, this one for the song 'Varúd' directed by the acclaimed photographer Ryan McGinley. How do you say "bizarre" in Icelandic?  [Death + Taxes]